Apply as a non-degree-seeking student

Whether you’re here for personal enrichment, to develop your career, or as part of an employer-sponsored cohort, we welcome you to the classes, culture, and campus of Fort Lewis College. Even though you aren’t enrolling with the immediate intention of earning a degree or certificate, you are considered officially enrolled. Your coursework will still be graded and posted to a transcript. Federal financial aid is not an option for most non-degree-seeking students. However, you may be eligible for the Native American Tuition Waiver or other outside aid.  

*Note, this option is not for students who will be graduating from high school in the near future and are undecided on a major, see our first-year admission page for more information.

To apply

A complete Fort Lewis College application includes:

Our online application for admission should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, or you can submit a paper application by mail.

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After you are admitted

You have a few important steps to take if you receive notification of admission as a non-degree student.

1. Reply to your offer of admission

To confirm your intent to enroll in classes and move forward in the process, you must first reply to your offer of admission in your Admission Portal. Log back into your admission portal using the email address and password you created when you applied for admission and click on the "Reply to Offer of Admission" form.

2. Activate your FLC account

Now that you've been admitted, you have an @fortlewis.edu email and student account. You must set up this account so that you may register for classes and access your student account. You'll need your FLC Student ID number (in your acceptance letter and admission portal) and then follow the instructions to "Activate your Account."

3. Register for classes 

Once class registration has opened for incoming students, you can register for classes based on availability. You may want to browse or search our current list of course offerings before starting the registration process. You'll find detailed registration instructions on the Advising & Registration page when you're ready to register. 

Please be aware that you will not be able to register for courses with prerequisites until you demonstrate your eligibility to the instructor, who can provide you with a registration override. In most cases, you can demonstrate that you have satisfied prerequisites by showing the instructor transcripts. But otherwise, you may be required to take placement testing. 

If you have any registration questions or issues, please contact the Skyhawk Station by email or by calling 970-247-7301.

4. Get ready for class

All classes at FLC, whether in person or online, take advantage of our learning management platform, Canvas. See our Tips for New Students page. You'll want to familiarize yourself with your classes in Canvas and pick up any books you'll need as well. If you are parking on campus for your classes, you'll need an FLC parking permit which can be purchased through theFort by searching "parking" and you can check and pay your FLC bill in theFort by searching "my bill." You will also want to get your SkyCard.

Application deadlines

Spring 2023
January 12, 2023

Summer 2023
May 11, 2023

Fall 2023
August 24, 2023 


Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by mail within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application.


Contact information

For questions, or to check on the status of an application, please contact our Admission office.

Admission Office
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Phone: 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179
admission@fortlewis.edu